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Windows 7: problems with my computer lost everything

04 Aug 2010   #1
pilotaaron1

windows 7 64bit
 
 
problems with my computer lost everything

Hi I am new to these threads so bear with me. This morning I tried to start my laptop and it wouldn't start. My computer gave me the option to use Windows startup recovery. After using it. I ended up losing everything on my hardrive. And I also lost windows 7 and went back to Vista. I am wondering if there is a way to recover everything. I just recently moved also and don't have my windows 7 upgrade disk or office 2007. I am completely paniking right now and dont know what to do.


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04 Aug 2010   #2
Arc

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Startup Repair never leads to such a strange result. I do it off and on.

First try Recuva . But a better (but paid) option is Recover Deleted Files .

Apply those, I hope one of those will work .
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04 Aug 2010   #3
pilotaaron1

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Is there a way to get everything back?
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04 Aug 2010   #4
Arc

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Posting again ... Is the laptop was with vista preinstalled, and you used the recovery partition to repair startup ?

If you dont have windows 7 installer, these two are most helpful for you, but not in this situation.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files

If you had these two .... it will take only a few minutes to get everything back.
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04 Aug 2010   #5
pilotaaron1

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the help. Hopefully I can fix this.
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04 Aug 2010   #6
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pilotaaron1 View Post
Is there a way to get everything back?
Try Any of the file recovery softwares .... Hope it will result, but will take a long time.
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04 Aug 2010   #7
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

EDIT: darn I must be a slow typer today.

The software he recommended should get your data back (documents, musics, videos), but with out an install disc I don't think you can get Windows 7 back. It sounds like your HDD had a recovery partition for Vista, which reinstalled the factory settings on the main partition. I would recommend having someone mail you your 7 upgrade and Office 2007 media.
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04 Aug 2010   #8
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
EDIT: darn I must be a slow typer today.

The software he recommended should get your data back (documents, musics, videos), but with out an install disc I don't think you can get Windows 7 back. It sounds like your HDD had a recovery partition for Vista, which reinstalled the factory settings on the main partition. I would recommend having someone mail you your 7 upgrade and Office 2007 media.
Hi Petey .... Recover my files can recover everything in the HD.
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04 Aug 2010   #9
belikexp

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Nope. Trying using what Arc suggested or try Zero Assumption Recovery. All these programs work as long as the startup recovery hasn't over written the files. recovery discs wipe out everything and install the OS when you first bought it. Next time back up all your files.

An alternative would be replace the hard drive with a new one, run the recovery disc and put the old hard drive in a USB enclosure. Then you could have copied all your data over.

Good luck.
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04 Aug 2010   #10
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

The more I read threads like this or have my own problems, I feel my external HDD was the best investment I ever made. Since then I've had a HDD fail on me, and it didn't even phase me. I don't do images of my HDD in case I backup a virus or something, but I have backed up all my personal files plus driver installers, all user data for my web browser, and an image of my Win7 DVD (in case I lose the original). I even installed Ubuntu on a partition on it. If you can afford one, it is a great thing to know you have everything in a safe place.
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